Mass Rally for Bradley Manning at Ft. Meade, Maryland on Saturday, June 1st. Info: 1pm gather (Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland), march and rally to follow. Sponsored by the Bradley Manning Support Network and the national Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War organizations, with the help of Courage to Resist, and many other groups. Chartered bus tickets are available from NYC, Baltimore, Philly, DC, or other cities. RSVP at the Facebook event. Complete Ft. Meade rally info.
June 1-8: International week of action for Bradley Manning. For those that can't make it to Ft. Meade, dozens of solidarity events are currently planned worldwide, including: Seoul, Toronto, London, Heidelberg, Cardiff, and Honolulu. Complete listing of events.
After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s trial is finally scheduled to begin June 3, 2013, at Fort Meade, Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of his life in prison. Bradley believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around the world in our name. We the People must send a message to the military prosecuting authority, and President Obama, that Bradley Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller.
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May 2, 2013
Recently, it was announced that PFC Bradley Manning would be a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration. We felt this decision was a bold and uplifting choice, bestowing a great May honor on a young whistleblower being persecuted for following his conscience.
Much to our disappointment, two days later SF Pride board president Lisa Williams issued a separate announcement that the SF Pride board would not be honoring PFC Manning as a grand marshal after all. It appears the SF pride board’s reversal was affected by criticism from a recently formed gay military rights group.
Read the full statement at bradleymanning.org
By Army PFC Bradley Manning. Read to Judge Denise Lind, Fort Meade courtroom, February 28, 2013. Transcript by the Bradley Manning Support Network--including Courage to Resist members.
"I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information... it could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan." - Bradley Manning
I wrote this statement in confinement, so… The following facts are provided in support of the providence inquiry for my court martial, United States v. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning.
I am a 25-year old Private First Class in the United States Army currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, HHC, US Army Garrison—USAG, Joint Base Myer, Henderson Hall, Fort Meyer, Virginia. Prior to this assignment, I was assigned to HHC, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. My primary military occupational specialty or PMOS is 35 fox-trot: intelligence analyst. I entered active duty status on 2 October 2007. I enlisted with the hope of obtaining both real-world experience and earning benefits under the GI Bill for college opportunities.
Recent rulings in Bradley’s pre-trial hearings–Trial delayed until June
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. January 23, 2013.
Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, which shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. He has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his heroic and noble actions. For over 960 days he has been imprisoned without trial, 11 months of which were spent in solitary confinement at Quantico prison, where his treatment has since been judged to have amounted to unlawful pretrial punishment.
Saluting Bradley Manning
Presented by Courage to Resist and KPFA Radio
Thursday, January 31, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, California
In the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us in saluting Bradley Manning on Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Presented by KPFA Radio and Courage to Resist, this benefit for KPFA and the Bradley Manning Defense Fund (hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network) features Daniel & Patricia Ellsberg & Kevin Gosztol.
$12 advance tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, or at: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Modern Times. $15 tickets may be available at the door.
David Coombs, defense attorney in the WikiLeaks-related case, US. v. Bradley Manning, gave his first public presentation to an audience of over a hundred people at All Souls Church in Washington DC, on December 4, 2012. Additional speakers included Emma Cape and Kevin Zeese of the Bradley Manning Support Network, Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo of the National Whistleblower Center. Mr. Coombs specifically noted the ongoing support of Courage to Resist in his efforts to defend Bradley.
Why, what it means (and doesn't), and what next
By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. November 19, 2012. Published at Allvoices.com
Army Private Bradley Manning recently informed the military court that he was, in fact, the source of information published by WikiLeaks. While the 24 year old Intelligence Analyst, effectively, took responsibility for transferring classified documents, in violation of military regulations, he maintained that he was not guilty of all 22 charges against him.
“PFC Manning has offered to plead guilty to various offenses through a process known as "pleading by exceptions and substitutions," explained Manning civilian defense attorney David Coombs on his blog. Manning is “attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses…. PFC Manning is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged by the government,” added Coombs. Nor is he “submitting a plea as part of an agreement or deal with the government.”
"Pleading by exceptions and substitutions" is very rare--so rare that most observers of the proceedings were thoroughly confused. Some media outlets incorrectly reported that Manning was “seeking a deal”, “pleading guilty”, or trying to nullify a life sentence--or even the death penalty. It’s important to clarify that no deal is being sought, Manning no longer faces the death penalty, and his plea doesn’t prohibit the maximum sentence of life in prison. Manning’s plea confused many, simply because the truth isn’t usually offered up in such proceedings without something in return. But that is what happened.
Bradley Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, has filed a 117-page motion calling for the dismissal of all charges with prejudice, for lack of a speedy trial. When he argues the motion at Ft. Meade, October 29 – November 2, Bradley will have been in pretrial confinement for nearly 900 days.
By Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network. September 29, 2012.
It’s appropriate that David Coombs’ longest motion
of this trial yet, which argues for dismissal of all charges, details PFC Bradley Manning’s extraordinarily and illegally long pretrial confinement. The prosecution’s repeated and unjustifiable delays point “unmistakably to the conclusion that PFC Manning’s statutory and constitutional speedy trial rights have been trampled upon with impunity.”
August 17, 2012. By the Bradley Manning Support Network.
Six veterans and activists in Oakland, and six more in Portland, were arrested yesterday night at Obama 2012 campaign offices for occupying the spaces in solidarity with accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning. Dozens of veterans and anti-war demonstrators coordinated a West Coast set of actions that also included protests in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle.
Among the approximately 100 Oakland protesters was Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who participated in the sit-in and explained, “We occupied the President’s campaign office to raise awareness about the injustices Bradley Manning has endured. Bradley has sacrificed for us, doing what was right despite potentially spending the rest of his life in jail.”
Protesters delivered a letter to campaign staff members, which they requested be sent to President Obama at the main campaign headquarters in Chicago. The letter makes its demands clear: that President Obama pardon PFC Bradley Manning, accounting for both his abusive treatment in a Quantico prison cell and the president’s own unlawfully prejudicial remarks that Bradley “broke the law.”
Read more at bradleymanning.org / Photos from Oakland action
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. August 13, 2012
David Coombs, civilian legal counsel for accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning, has published the Article 13 motion that in July he said would “shock the conscience of the court.”
This document not only reveals new details about Bradley’s brutal conditions at the Quantico Marine Brig in Virginia, but also the shocking revelation that a three-star General, far removed from the brig, ordered this illegal treatment. Two different brig commanders then carried out these unlawful orders in clear violation of Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which prohibits pre-trial confinement conditions “any more rigorous” than the minimum needed to ensure the accused appears for court hearings. Mr. Coombs will argue this motion for dismissal of all charges, based on these military law violations at a critical October 1-5 pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.
By Courage to Resist. July 14, 2012
Army PFC Bradley Manning is accused of releasing to the public tens of thousands of documents containing proof of war crimes, government corruption, and corporate influence on foreign policy, via the WikiLeaks website. For his courage, he is facing life plus 150 years in prison.
Bradley’s next public pre-trial hearings at Fort Meade, Maryland, are scheduled for July 16-20th and August 27-31st. Yet as Bradley’s court martial approaches, it has become apparent to observers that he will not get a fair trial by the US military court.
These are the reasons why justice demands that the charges be dropped, and Bradley be released now:
"Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist..."
By David Coombs, attorney for PFC Bradley Manning. June 12, 2012
Over the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning. The support provided has come in many forms:
1) Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org);
2) Standing up to say “I am Bradley Manning” (iam.bradleymanning.org);
3) Writing to military/government authorities;
4) Writing letters to the editors of local and national newspapers;
5) Attending marches, rallies, and other public events to raise awareness about Bradley Manning;
6) Using social media to write about the case and the events of every hearing;
7) Contacting government representatives;
8) Sending messages of support to my law office;
9) Donating to the legal defense fund; or
10) Volunteering with the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist.
Sunday, June 24. Meet up at 9:30am. Howard and Main Streets, San Francisco CA.
Not in the SF Bay Area? Organizer your own Bradley Manning contingent in a city near you!
We welcome all supporters of Bradley Manning to join our official contingent to send a very large, powerful, fun and creative message of support to Bradley, the US government and the world. We aim to creatively, colorfully, musically and fabulously call for the freedom of one of the most influential gay whistle blowers of our generation. If you are a person or are part of a group that plays music, performs, dances, does artwork or anything fun and creative, we urge you to add to and come be a part of our fabulous and diverse contingent. We welcome all individuals, organizational and movement based supporters to endorse and join us! We only ask that all banners, signs and messaging in the parade contingent be that in support of Bradley Manning.
Descend upon Chicago for Bradley Manning!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Grant Park, Chiago IL
At the invitation of the White House, military and civilian representatives of the 28-nation US-commanded and largely US-financed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are meeting in Chicago, May 20-21, 2012. This is the same military apparatus responsible for waging over 10 years of unjust and illegal wars in our names, committing war crimes exposed by the Wikileaks revelations and persecuting one of the most influential whistle blowers of our generation, Bradley Manning.
Events in the Washington DC area and internationally in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s next appearance in court will take place April 24-26 at Ft. Meade, MD. At the previous hearing on March 15th, Bradley’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss all charges based on the government’s failure to present evidence as requested. Additionally, a broad coalition of media groups filed a complaint because documents from the court proceedings have been mostly shielded from the public’s view.
The campaign to free Bradley Manning: Midwest & California tours next week in Minneapolis, Washburn, Madison, Ann Arbor, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Ventura, Palm Springs and San Diego, presented by Courage to Resist organizers Jeff Paterson and Emma Cape.
MIDWEST events with Emma Cape (photo right), Courage to Resist / Bradley Manning Support Network campaign organizer
- Sunday, March 25 - Minneapolis, MN
3:00 pm Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave. Info/dir: 612-333-4719
- Monday, March 26 - Washburn, WI
6:30 pm, Washburn Free Public Library, 307 Washington Ave. Info/dir: dsemch(at)yahoo.com
- Tuesday, March 27 - Madison, WI
5:00 pm, Rainbow Bookstore Co-op, 426 W Gilman St. Info/dir: 608-257-6050 / todd(at)ivaw.org
- Wednesday, March 28 - Ann Arbor, MI
7:00 pm, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan's), 1679 Broadway. Info/dir: bill(at)icpj.org / 734-663-1870
- Thursday, March 29 - Detroit, MI
6:00 pm, Occupy Detroit Community Activist Center, 5900 Michigan Ave. Info/dir: cr8nit(at)gmail.com / 313-903-0435
CALIFORNIA events with Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Project Director / Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member
- Saturday, March 24 - Ukiah, CA
2:00 pm, Vets Memorial Building, 293 Seminary Ave. Veterans for Peace NorCal Regional conference. Info/dir: sscalmanini(at)yahoo.com
- Tuesday, March 27 -Sacramento, CA
7:00 pm, Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St. Info/dir: civillib(at)comcast.net / 916-447-5696
- Wednesday, March 28 - Fresno, CA
6:30 pm, Fresno Center for Nonviolence, C.A.F.E. Infoshop, 935 F St. Info/dir: richard2662559(at)yahoo.com
- Thursday, March 29 - Santa Monica, CA
6:30 pm, Church in Ocean Park Sanctuary & Community Center, 235 Hill St. Info/dir: hernandezkathleen(at)hotmail.com
- Friday, March 30 (morning) - Los Angeles, CA
7:00 am, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. (entrance on Berendo Street). Hosted by Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. Info/dir: icujp(at)pacbell.net / 213-748-1643
- Friday, March 30 (evening) - Ventura, CA
6:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St. Info/dir: anthonywvfp112(at)roadrunner.com
- Saturday, March 31 - Palm Springs, CA
6:30 pm, Crystal Fantasy Shop, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Info/dir: 760-324-5670
- Sunday, April 1 - San Diego, CA
6:00 pm, Friends Center, 3850 Westgate Place. Info/dir: m_e_bekken(at)yahoo.com
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